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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in Tennessee

1,750 Bachelor's Degrees
$61,868 Avg Salary
$21,033 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in TennesseeOut of the 32 majors we analyze each year, engineering was ranked 8th in Tennessee. In fact, 1,750 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that 1.4% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state. The engineering school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid Engineering Graduates.

For this year's Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in Tennessee ranking, we looked at 6 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of Engineering Majors

After graduation, engineering majors from schools in Tennessee earn an average salary of $61,868 per year. This is 55% higher than the average college graduate, who only makes around $39,802 a year.

Nationwide, the average salary for graduates with a engineering degree is $62,200. So, there's not much difference on that front.

Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools in Tennessee  61,868
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123,800
Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools Nationwide  62,200
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123,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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123,800

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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Grads in Tennessee

The following colleges produce the highest paid engineering graduates.

Best Schools for Highly Paid Engineering Graduates in Tennessee

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Chattanooga, UT Chattanooga is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Christian Brothers University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the large city of Memphis, Christian Brothers is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Our rankings recognize Tennessee Technological University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Tennessee Tech University is a fairly large public school located in the town of Cookeville.

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#5

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

University of Memphis comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Memphis, U of Memphis is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Nashville, Lipscomb is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. UT Martin is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Martin.

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Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

Tennessee State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Nashville, Tennessee State University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Engineering Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 34 958
Florida 34 5,865
Virginia 34 3,378
Georgia 33 3,528
West Virginia 32 928
North Carolina 32 2,926
South Carolina 32 1,641
Alabama 32 2,794
Louisiana 31 1,842
Kentucky 31 1,081
Arkansas 30 816

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 553
Civil Engineering 241
Chemical Engineering 222
Electrical Engineering 220
Biomedical Engineering 135

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 1,764
Computer & Information Sciences 844
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 688
Physical Sciences 534
Mathematics & Statistics 396

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes.

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